To start at the beginning of the journey, go here.

 

Well, here we are. The final entry in my Scrapbook of the Wild. Boy this took longer than I thought it would!

 

In this final chapter, I share the photos that I took with the in-game camera that’s a part of the Sheikah Slate. Unlike the previous chapters, I won’t be captioning any of these screenshots and will instead simply let the photos do the talking. If you’ve been following along since the beginning, some of these scenes might look familiar, though certainly not all will. This chapter can be seen as a recounting of the entire journey, with a more close-up look at the people and places of Hyrule. Like with the standard screenshots, I took these photos over the course of the entire adventure (or from the moment I got the camera anyway) and they appear in chronological order.

 

I took even more photos than these, but since the Sheikah Slate’s album has limited space, I had to narrow things down until these shots were the ones I ended up with at the end of my playthrough. Unfortunately, there is no option to directly share camera photos, so I had to capture “zoomed-out” screenshots of the photos so to speak. This might come across as a little jarring, but I did my best to work around the “visual noise” of the Sheikah Slate.

 

Anyway, enough preamble. Let’s take one last stroll through the magical land of Hyrule!

 

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It feels a bit sad to be at the end, doesn’t it? I originally intended this series to be a straightforward collage of screenshots, but along the way it somehow evolved into one part extended review, one part epic retelling of my own personal story through the game. Did I get a little carried away with some of my melodramatic storytelling? Maybe, but I sure did have a lot of fun writing it! It was also a genuine reflection of just how much I got into this game as well though.

 

Whether you’ve been here for the entire journey or popped in for any chapter along the way, I want to thank you for taking the time to peruse my scrapbook. It probably goes without saying at this point, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is more than just a video game to me. It’s a dream realized, and I’ve never been so completely immersed and enthralled in a game before. It consumed much of 2017 for me and I spent hundreds of hours journeying through the vast and beautiful land of Hyrule. With this scrapbook, I hope I was able to successfully share some of the beauty and mystique of Hyrule with you, whether you are familiar with the land yourself or are completely alien to it.

 

Thank-you Eiji Aonuma, Hidemaro Fujibayashi, and the rest of the Breath of the Wild team for creating such a wonderful experience.

 

It was a journey I will certainly never forget.

 

*The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Nintendo

All photos and screenshots taken by me in-game

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